Happy Spring Break to OTA Teachers, Students, Parents! • Half-Day Tomorrow • Spring Break Baseball Camp

Spring Vacation…

  • Begins Tomorrow, Friday, March 27 (a Half-Day: Dismissal is at 12 PM)
  • Students return to school Monday, April 6.

Students & Teachers After School in Courtyard – Final Week Project Sprint!  

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Seventh Graders working with Mr. Watts….

 Thank you OTA Teachers, for all you do for our children!

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Fifth Graders working with Mrs. Cook…

Baseball Players, Want to Improve Your Swing?

  • Sign up for the Coach Curry’s “Hit Factory” Camp over Spring Break

Presidio Spring Break Day Camp Flyer

Please Join us at the 2015 OTA Wine and Dine!

Click here to buy tickets for the Spring Fundraiser to support your school! 
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The 2013-2014 Wine & Dine – Under the Tent!

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Old Town Academy is a non-profit public benefit corporation dedicated to excellence in public education. Our school is tuition-free. We rely on a combination of public funds and private donations to support our small-school campus (OTA receives no public funds for facilities), our wonderful teaching staff, and ambitious programs in Music, Math, Science, Programming/Robotics, and more.
Your support helps OTA continue to fulfill its mission— Equity and Excellence for All Students by providing a free, first-rate education open to all San Diego children.
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Our goal this year is to sell 300 tickets; if you have interested friends and family, please spread the word and help OTA close the funding gap ($739-per-child gap between the public funds we receive and what it costs to educate each student)….
The OTA Foundation Web Site has the most up-to-date information on participating Restaurants, Vineyards, and Breweries.
In prior years we have received several significant cash donations to the event from families and friends of OTA who cannot attend the Wine and Dine.  Thank you to everyone who has signed up so far, and to those that have sponsored the event through a donation (via auction items, in-kind donations, and through your own personal time).
  • Volunteer for the OTA Foundation “Wine and Dine”

STEM is the Theme… at the 2015 OTA Wine & Dine

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OTA STEM- 7th Grade Early Stages SUMO Bot Competition

Get ready for the OTA Wine and Dine! our school’s largest fundraiser, Sat. April 25, 2015.

This year our fundraising efforts will be focused on supporting OTA STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math), with our special focus on teaching students to solve Design Problems: Robotics-Programming, Science Lab Tools & Equipment, “Maker Spaces” for the classrooms.

Photos from today’s STEM activities at OTA…

OTA STEM- Early Stage SUMO Bot Competition 1What is Sumo Bot? Student Teams use their engineering and programming skills to design robots to compete in the arena–the goal is to push the other team’s robot off the table.

2015-2016 Admissions Lottery Will Be Held Thursday, March 26 at 4:00

2015: we are electronic*

Acceptance notices will go out by Friday, April 10. The Lottery is public and parents or guardians of students who were entered in the lottery by the March 6 deadline are welcome to join us in Old Town Academy’s downstairs lunchroom–but attendance is not necessary.

Everyone who submitted an application by March 6th has been entered into the lottery. Families will be notified by email if their child draws a number that gives them a place in the 2015-2016 class or if they are on the wait list.

Thank you for your interest in Old Town Academy!

To learn more about California Charter School Admissions …

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OTA BotBall Team Brings home the Judges’ Trophy for… Best Engineering!

2015 BotBall Team-Judges Choice Award- Best Engineering

Congratulations Team! And when you see the ingenuity of their 3 robots…

  • which will be on display at this year’s Wine & Dine Fundraiser (get your Tickets! and help OTA close the funding gap ($739-per-child, between the public funds we receive and what it costs to educate each student)….

you’ll see why they won the “Best Engineering” Trophy over 42 other teams!

Close-up 2015 OTA BotBall Team Robot ENGINEERING

Sensors, Gears, Conveyor Belts, Cranes, Wheels, Chasses, etc. etc.!

Close-up of 2015 OTA BotBall Team Robots

OTA Botball Robotics Team Competes Today! • Saturday, Mar 21

**Please note: there is no sign in front of the school–tournament is in main gym**

2015 BotBall Tournament Robot Entry

Bear, one of OTA’s Three Entries for the 2015 Botball Robotics Tournament

Come support the OTA Botball Robotics Team as they compete in The Southern California Botball Regional Tournament! From 10 AM until 12 Noon students will be participating in seeding round matches at West Hills High School in preparation for the double elimination tournament from 2 PM – 5 PM.
2015 Robotics Team

2015 Robotics Team (Not all members present)

Team members this year are…
  • 8th graders: Tom, RT, Xavier, Brian, Jake, Andrew;
  • 7th Graders: Donovan, Reese, Tanner, Jeffrey, who will demonstrate their prowess in programming and mechanical engineering as they compete agains 32 other regional teams.
  • Team Coaches: Mr Major and Mr. Doar.
And Welcome to the Insitute Thomas Jefferson Bobtball Team from Mexico City!
The Team has visited OTA for the last three years to practice on our Arena before the tournament

The Team has visited OTA since 2013 to practice in our Arena before the tournament

Jeff Major
STEM Director
Old Town Academy

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Volunteering for the 2015 Wine & Dine, April 25? Sign-up Link now available.

We Love VolunteersDear OTA Families,
Great news: the 2015 Gala Volunteer sign up sheet is ready.
  • Please click on the link to view volunteer opportunities and times.
  • Early sign up is recommended to find a time that works best for you & your family.
Thank You Volunteers — we are successful because of you.
You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give.
(Winston Churchill)
Thank you to OTA Parent-Volunteer, Lindsay Bear, for setting up the SignUp Genius link.

6th Grade Starts Piano Maestro – Sight Reading Music – Playing with the Band!

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Why Piano Maestro? OTA Students started their piano journey with Soft Mozart, a perfect introduction to musical notation and the keyboard. But now they are ready to move up to the next level. The program is free on iPads for students at OTA (Download App, sign in, register w/ Anthony Kaneaster as teacher): all you need is an iPad and a keyboard (no cables!).

Piano Maestro-Joy Tunes Why Study Music

Piano Maestro-Learning Lab App of the Week

2015 Wine & Dine News: Auction, Wall of Wine, Event • Tickets On Sale Now!

*** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
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Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

ENRICH! OTA After School • Q3 Schedule (Links for Zumba, Spanish, Learning Lab, Violins, Guitar)

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After-School Q3 2015 Schedule

Click to print pdf: After School Q3 2015 Schedule

More information on Course Content and Instructors will be available on the new ENRICH! OTA After School Website.

Reminder: Introducing Virtuoso Music Academy! Friday 4 PM • OTA Parents & Students, come learn about the new After School music program

*** Please arrive early so we can start on time. Parking is available in front of the field after 3:30. Old Town Academy address: 2120 San Diego Ave, 92110  7th Grade Room is on the first floor, first right out of elevator ***

Musicians Playing for you today:

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Ai Nihira – Violin
- Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master Graduate from Cleveland Institute of Music and Yale School of Music    
 
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Chiyuan Chen – Viola
- Principal Viola of the San Diego Symphony
- Top-prize winner of 2000 Fischoff Chamber Music Competition and 2004 International Paris Viola Competition Ville d’Avray
-Doctoral’s degree from State University of New York at Stony Brook and Master’s degree from the New England Conservatory 
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Yao Zhao – Cello
- Principal Cello of the San Diego Symphony
- Top Ten Outstanding Young Chinese Cellist
- Faculty at the SDSU and Idyllwild Arts Academy
- Graduated from USC with Ms. Eleonore Schoenfeld
 
Jian Chan
Jian Chen – Cello
Contracted Musician from the San Diego Symphony
- Master’s degree and Doctoral candidate from USC
- Three grade Sydney Chan’s mom!!!
Stanny Shiu / 肖宁
Director/ Virtuoso Music Academy, Inc.
Director/ Asia Pacific Arts Management Ltd.
Executive Director / Great Wall International Music Academy
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Young Violinists

Friday, January 26th 30th at 4 PM in the 7th Grade Room, musicians and instructors from the Virtuoso Music Academy and the San Diego Symphony will present a 30 minute concert and presentation for parents interested in signing up for After School Strings Instruction.

Classes will start the second week of the quarter, meeting Monday and/or Friday (exact schedule TBD). Students will be accepted in Violin, Viola, and Cello (See What Instrument Do You Want to Play?), Grades K-8 welcome. OTA Orchestra with Mr. John Nettles will continue Tu & Th, with the VMA Teachers focusing on technique and on teaching students how to practice.

Why Study Music? Is Music the Key to Success?

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Learn from the best!
Dear Parents: Based on our decade of classical music education experience, we can’t wait to bring the best music education to students in greater San Diego. We will also bring the most renowned artists from the stage to our classroom; and vice versa, we will bring our best students from the classroom to the International music stages!

— VMA Director, Stanny Shui

ENRICH! OTA After School • Q3 Schedule

1260 x 240 New Blog Header Template♥♥♥  ♥♥♥  New After School Website will be Live Today Jan 29  ♥♥♥  ♥♥♥

After-School Q3 2015 Schedule

Click to print pdf: After School Q3 2015 Schedule

More information on Course Content and Instructors will be available on the new ENRICH! OTA After School Website.

The 2015 Wine & Dine Is Coming! Help us tell the story on Facebook & Instagram

Feb 5 Update: *** 2015 Wine & Dine Tickets Available now at the OTA Foundation Site***
January Blog Post - Draft rev

Wine & Dine Under the Tent - April 26,2014

Old Town Academy Wine and Dine is all about building our community. We will share our gala stories that shape our event and we want you to do the same. That’s why Facebook and Instagram will be a big part of the event in 2015. You’ll be our photographers, and we’ll share our posts on both sites and also on the big screen at the event.  ⇒⇒ What is the Wine & Dine? ♥♥♥  Click here to learn more

2013 Wine & Dine Entrance 1Thank you! —Sandra Gartland, Monika Hanft and Meredith Lurie
To help us build community and tell our story, get ready now!  Here’s how:

  • Go to www.otafoundation.org
  • Click on the Instagram or Facebook icons.

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Reminder: Instruction begins promptly at 8:10. Please arrive early so your child gets the best hours of the day

Dear Parents, we have noticed an increase in tardy children whose late arrival is disrupting ten after 8 o clock-gray bkgrndclassroom instruction…

  • Old Town Academy students start every day with Mathematics: missing even 10 minutes a day adds up to 30 hours of missed math instruction over the course of our 185-day school year!

Please help your child and other OTA students do their best by arriving on time.

Thanks for your cooperation!

Mrs. Kamanski

Thank You ResMed, for Supporting the Music-Math Lab!

ResMed, a local medical company specializing in sleep apnea and respiratory care solutions, is a generous supporter of San Diego Education non-profits that work with children. At an Awards Luncheon yesterday ResMed presented OTA with a grant to support our Kiwanis Club of San Diego (Serving the World’s Children) Music-Math Learning Acceleration Lab
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What is ST (Spatial Temporal) Math?

Why ST Math?

ST Math score nationwide

Why Music at OTA?

2014 Music-It-Makes-You-Smarter-and-Younger

Violin, Viola, Cello, Bass

OTA Jog-a-Thon Surprise Dedication: ALICIA & TONY GWYNN FIELD!

Gwynn Family at Tony & Alica Gwynn Field Dedication

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Tony & Alicia Gwynn Field*

 

Reminder: 2015-2016 Admissions Lottery Today (Thursday, March 26) at 4:00

2015: we are electronic*

Acceptance notices will go out by Friday, April 10. The Lottery is public and parents or guardians of students who were entered in the lottery by the March 6 deadline are welcome to join us in Old Town Academy’s downstairs lunchroom–but attendance is not necessary.

Everyone who submitted an application by March 6th has been entered into the lottery. Families will be notified by email if their child draws a number that gives them a place in the 2015-2016 class or if they are on the wait list.

Thank you for your interest in Old Town Academy!

To learn more about California Charter School Admissions …

Continue reading

Movie Night Report • Thank You OTA Parent-Volunteers and Students!

Perfect weather, a good movie, an intermission to help polish off the food & baked goods!OTA 2015 Winter Movie Night

OTA Movie Night on the Green families arrive… Volunteers & Students helping set up
Projection & Sound System, Glo-Sticks & Bake Sale Tables, Food & Gala Stations. OTA Parent Foundation Treasurer Cindy Stullich reports the night raised $1468 for OTA Robotics, with around $500 coming from OTA 6th Graders selling looms and other items. Thank you ALL!

OTA Botball Robotics Team Competes Today! • Saturday, Mar 21

**Please note: there is no sign in front of the school–tournament is in main gym**

2015 BotBall Tournament Robot Entry

Bear, one of OTA’s Three Entries for the 2015 Botball Robotics Tournament

Come support the OTA Botball Robotics Team as they compete in The Southern California Botball Regional Tournament! From 10 AM until 12 Noon students will be participating in seeding round matches at West Hills High School in preparation for the double elimination tournament from 2 PM – 5 PM.
2015 Robotics Team

2015 Robotics Team (Not all members present)

Team members this year are…
  • 8th graders: Tom, RT, Xavier, Brian, Jake, Andrew;
  • 7th Graders: Donovan, Reese, Tanner, Jeffrey, who will demonstrate their prowess in programming and mechanical engineering as they compete agains 32 other regional teams.
  • Team Coaches: Mr Major and Mr. Doar.
And Welcome to the Insitute Thomas Jefferson Bobtball Team from Mexico City!
The Team has visited OTA for the last three years to practice on our Arena before the tournament

The Team has visited OTA since 2013 to practice in our Arena before the tournament

Jeff Major
STEM Director
Old Town Academy

***  For Directions… Continue reading